Posted on 1st March 2013
The élan foot has been nominated in the prestigious Da Vinci Awards 2013. Since their inception in 2001, the awards have honored individuals, organisations and corporations for innovative developments and research in adaptive and assistive technologies that can benefit all people, regardless of ability. Past product winners include the MV-1 accessible vehicle, the tongue Drive system, Ossur’s Proprio foot and the C-leg.
The élan is the only microprocessor controlled foot that swiftly and intelligently senses terrain type and progressively responds using a hydraulic ankle with a truly compliant, high energy e-carbon foot. Using microprocessors to control the degree of ankle movement during stance phase is just the beginning; the élan uses the control system in a much more intelligent way.
The élan has attracted a great deal of interest from clinicians and amputees because it offers an innovative boost braking system that enhances variable speed response and ensures toe lift during swing through. The sensing system allows the foot to gauge the level of ankle support or freedom required at each stage of gait so that: going uphill the foot assists the movement of body mass upwards and forwards and downhill the heel action softens to encourage knee extension to maintain good balance and posture.
The winners from each category will be announced live on stage at The Ford Conference and Event Center, Michigan on Thursday 11th April.
Proceeds from these awards benefit the national sclerosis society, Michigan chapter. You can find out more information about the awards on their website www.davinciawards.org.